2016 Hyundai Tucson - USA Today

Hyundai has added features and restyled its Tucson compact crossover, which it hopes to make a larger player in a growing but highly competitive segment.

It is being officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The biggest visible change is in the nose of the SUV, which has a new hexagonal grille, LED running lights and projector headlights. Also improving the looks — not to mention the comfort — are the Tucson's new dimensions: It's 30inches longer and about an inch wider. The change adds about 5 cubic feet of extra space in the interior.

Designers also made some subtle changes to make the family SUV appear a little more racy. The surrounds around the wheel wells now have a more raked appearance. And the roof rails for stowing cargo on top are now sleeker and more integrated in appearance. There's also 19-inch wheels available for the first time.

Beauty is more than skin deep. Tucson, which comes to dealerships in July, has more than double the amount of high-strength steel, now 51%. That adds to rigidity but also safety. Hyundai officials predict it will earn it top safety marks in crash testing.

Hyundai also thinks gas mileage will increase dramatically, whether with the 164-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine or the new 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four. There's a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, too.

Besides lots of safety gear, the Tucson has one interesting tech feature. When you walk up behind it with your keys in your pocket, the vehicle is supposed to detect your presence and open the rear hatch. Ford has a similar system in the compact Escape, but that one requires the driver to wave their foot underneath the rear bumper.

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